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Investors Bring Ethics Into the Spotlight with Open Letter to Apple

It’s not often that business matters intersect so directly with ethical discussions, but activist hedge fund JANA Partners wrote a letter to Apple with the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (Caltstrs) earlier this year asking them to become more directly involved in efforts to protect children from the potentially harmful effects of technology and screen time. The letter was called “Think Differently About Kids” as is open to the public.

Together, the two funds hold around $2 billion in Apple shares. They called upon Apple, one of the “most valuable brand names in the world”, to “offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner.  By doing so, we believe Apple would once again be playing a pioneering role, this time by setting an example about the obligations of technology companies to their youngest customers.”

Th letter, written by JANA managing partner Barry Rosenstein and Calstrs head of corporate governance Anne Sheehan, claimed “it would defy common sense to argue this level of usage, by children whose brains are still developing, is not having at least some impact, or that the maker of such a powerful product has no role to play in helping parents to ensure it is being used optimally.”

The letter goes on the explain the various impacts that screen time has on kids, including a decrease in focus, increased suicide risk, sleep deprivation, and decreased empathy, among others.

“We believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner,” the letter states.

Apple issued a statement, but did not directly address the letter. “We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them,” they said. “We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.”

 

 

Top Technological Developments of the 21st Century

Online shopping has swept people up across the globe, and was recently voted the biggest technological development of the 21st century in Britain. The majority of the world’s retailers offer online shopping opportunities, and other websites such as 6pm.com and overstock.com were created specifically to help people save money while shopping for their favorite brands… Continue Reading

PCs Pushed Aside by Mobile Devices

Intel, a long-time veteran in the personal computer industry, recently surprised analysts by missing their projections. The company’s apparent struggle is yet another sign that the traditional PC is being overshadowed by newer mobile devices such as tablets. Greg Bryant of Reuters.com recently discussed Intel’s approach for 2014:   Continue Reading

Jim Baer on Data-Driven Businesses

Jim Baer, a senior director of Data Science with LinkedIn, recently discussed what he considers the four keys to data-driven business. He explained that data today can and should have a tremendous impact on a company’s success.  Though every business varies, and getting involved in the data world appears a daunting task, companies can benefit… Continue Reading

A New and Improved Siri

Recent reports suggest that Apple may be fixing its iPhone voice-enabled task and search manager by boosting its speed and accuracy. Siri, though loved by many users, is often very slow. Business Insider explains that this is “because your voice commands are being transferred to Siri’s brain, which is online in the cloud, before an… Continue Reading

ShopKeep POS, an iPad Point of Sales

ShopKeep, an iPad POS point of sale system, was developed by business owner Jason Richelson to suit the needs of those standing “behind the counter.” The ShopKeep system helps retailers simplify sales by allowing users to add items, select a payment method, add a gratuity and complete the transaction by tapping on an iPad. Reuters… Continue Reading

Have an Idea? Just Do It!

Nick D’Aloisio, a 17-year-old London schoolboy recently sold his smartphone news app to Yahoo! for $30 million. He advises anyone with a tech idea to just do it, explaining that the money is there, “just waiting for clever new moves.” “If you have a good idea, or you think there’s a gap in the market,… Continue Reading

Why You Should Buy the New Office 365 Home Premium Edition

Microsoft has just released its newest version of Office; Office 365 Home Premium Edition. After using it for several days, Business Insider discussed the seven reasons everyone should purchase it. The first is that it is a good value. “Office 365 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote and Outlook. The Home Premium version costs… Continue Reading

Apple Wins Yet Another Tech Emmy Award

The National Academy of Television Arts just granted Apple a Tech Emmy Award at CES 2013. The iPhone maker is one of the leading technology companies in the world. According to Forbes, Apple’s latest award is for an “eco-system for Real Time Presentation of TV Content to Mobile Devices without the use of Specialized Television… Continue Reading